If they can defeat the Trail Blazers, the Grizzlies find themselves matched up in the second round against the Golden State Warriors, owners of the league's best record at 67-15. Golden State will be a tough match up for anyone they play, as they feature a pair of great shooters in Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry.
The Memphis Grizzlies were originally founded in 1995 as the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, after just six seasons in Vancouver, the NBA realized it made a huge mistake putting a team in Vancouver so they moved the franchise to Memphis in 2001. After struggling to find their way for most of the 2000's, Memphis began to change it's luck with certain trades, such as when they traded for Zach Randolph. Memphis has been one of the Western Conference's better teams the last few years, having made the playoffs the last four seasons running. In 2013 they even reached the Western Conference Finals, were they lost to the Spurs in four straight games.
The Memphis Grizzles are coming off an okay 2015-2016 season. They finished with a record of 42-40, good for the seventh seed in the Western Conference. In round one of the NBA playoffs, they faced off against a tough San Antonio Spurs, and got swept in four games. The first step in the Grizzles off season was to fire their head coach, Dave Joerger. Three weeks later they named David Frizdale their new head coach.
In the NBA draft, the Grizzles held the 17th overall selection, and used it to draft the sharp-shooting Wade Baldwin from Vanderbilt. During free agency, the Grizzles re-signed point guard Mike Conley to a five year, 152.6 million dollar contract, the largest in NBA history. So far this season the Grizzles are off to about the same pace, currently standing with a record of 36-27, good for the 6th best record in the Western Conference.